Happy Chaitra Navratri | Recipes With Beetroot | Beetroot Kala Chana Gravy | Beetroot Rava Halwa | Beetroot Poori

The most-awaited festival of the year is almost here. Chaitra Navratri, celebration of nine days, will commence from April 2 and will go on till April 11. Chaitra Navratri is celebrated to worship the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. The last day of Chaitra Navratri is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Rama.

Happy Chaitra Navratri

Navratri’ in Sanskrit translates to ‘nine nights’. Indians all across the world celebrate these nine nights with full fervor and great enthusiasm. These nine nights of festivities are marked with ritualistic fasting, poojas. This Hindu festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her 9 avatars. On each of these nine days, Hindus worship the nine different manifestation of Durga or Shakti. The ‘Nav Durga’ or the ‘Nine Forms of Durga’ are pleased with special offerings and prayers. The significance of Nav Durga is narrated and reiterated in every Hindu household especially during the Navratris as this is the time when Goddess Durga descends from the heaven to bless her beloved devotees.

Navratri Prasad

North Indian Navratri prasad recipes are usually sweet, yet there are plenty of savory prasad recipe ideas too. The prasad or bhog is strictly prepared with no ingredients like onion and garlic. The main three prasad offered to Durga Maa during Navratri are Halwa, Poori & Kala Chana (Black chickpeas).

Jai Durga

Beetroot is one my favorite vegetable and I never missed any chance to add beetroot to my cooking. They are rich in nutrients that help to boost your immune system and can produce new blood cells. Including beets in your kid’s diet is great for their health. Beetroot is a root vegetable also known as red beet, table beet, garden beet, or just beet. Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fiber, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. I already shared whole Navratri prasad with pumpkin this time I wanted to try with beetroot. Beetroot Kala Chana Gravy, Beetroot Rava Halwa , Beetroot Poori and turned out super yummy. Of course, treat for eyes as well because of beautiful beetroot pink color.

The most-awaited festival of the year is almost here. Chaitra Navratri, celebration of nine days, will commence from April 2 and will go on till April 11. Chaitra Navratri is celebrated to worship the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. The last day of Chaitra Navratri is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Rama. North Indian Navratri prasad recipes are usually sweet, yet there are plenty of savory prasad recipe ideas too. The prasad or bhog is strictly prepared with no ingredients like onion and garlic. The main three prasad offered to Durga Maa during Navratri are Halwa, Poori & Kala Chana (Black chickpeas).

Beetroot Kala Chana Gravy

Dry Kala Chana is one of my favorite prasad during Navratri. It is made with black chickpea (kale channa) with few spices. I made kala chana with beetroot & sweet potatoes which makes this dish healthy and tasty. It goes well with hot pooris and halwa.

Ingredients: Kale Chane – 2 cups Beetroot – 1 One small chopped sweet potato Tomatoes – 3 Ginger – 1 inch One green chilli Oil – 4 tbsp

Spices: Cumin – 1 tbsp Carom seeds or ajwain – 1/2 tbsp Red chili powder – 1/2 tbsp Coriander powder – 3 tbsp Chana masala – 1 tbsp Chaat masala – 1/2 tbsp Himalayan pink salt to taste

Fresh coriander leaves

Method:

  1. Grind beetroot, tomatoes with ginger and green chilli until smooth. Keep it aside.
  2. Clean, wash and soak kala chana overnight. Next morning, drain water and pressure cook soaked kala chana with salt, with 3 cups of water on medium-high heat for 4-6 whistles.
  3. Once steam is out, take some boiled chana in a spoon and press them between fingers, if they mash up easily – they are cooked. Keep them aside.
  4. Now heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, lower the flame.
  5. Add tomato beetroot puree and add all spices (mentioned above) . Cook for 10 minutes on low heat.
  6. After 10 minutes add chopped sweet potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes till oil spreads.
  7. Now add boiled kala chana. Mash few chickpeas with potato masher and cook on low heat for 10 minutes (ucovered).
  8. Finally add fresh chopped coriander leaves and mix.
  9. Delicious kala chana gravy with beetroot is ready.

Beetroot Rava Halwa

This halwa is easy, delicious halwa made with minimal ingredients. Yummy and soft beetroot halwa with the magic of a steamed beetroot puree, rava and sugar is irresistible. This navratri try is halwa with a healthy twist.

Ingredients:

Sooji or Semolina – 1 cup Beetroot – 1 medium size Sugar – 1/2 cup Water – 1 cup Ghee – 5 tbsp + 1 tbsp Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp A pinch of Himalayan pink salt Chopped pistachios & almonds – 1/2 cup

Method:

  1. Boil medium size beetroot in a pressure cooker and then peel the boiled beetroot. Cut boiled beetroot into small cubes and grind with 1/4 cup of water. Make a smooth puree. It yields 1 cup of beetroot puree.
  2. Heat 5 tbsp of ghee in a deep non-stick kadai and roast sooji till the color turns brown.
  3. Boil 1 cup of water in another pan and add boiled beetroot puree, a pinch of salt. Boil water until sugar dissolves completely.
  4. Mix it quickly in roasted sooji mixture and make sure there are no lumps.
  5. Cook for another minute on low flame, stirring continuously.
  6. Keep on stirring until the whole mixture starts thickening and starts to leave the edge of the kadai.
  7. Add remaining 1 tbsp of ghee and mix well. Cover it for 5 minutes and then serve.
  8. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve hot.

Tip:

Adjust sugar according to your taste.

Beetroot Poori

Pooris are an important part of festive occasions. It is a traditional Indian fried bread that is delicious to enjoy with almost any main dish. It’s a simple unleavened bread made from just whole wheat flour, salt, and water. This time also add beetroot to make poori more delicious and healthy.

For Dough: Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup Beetroot puree– 1/2 cup Rava – 1 tbsp A pinch of Himalayan pink salt Oil or ghee – 1 tbsp

Oil for deep frying

Method :

  1. Knead a dough with whole wheat flour, beetroot and a pinch of salt knead a dough and it should be smooth and tight.
  2. At last add ghee or oil and cover the dough and let it sit for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, apply little oil in your hand and again knead the dough once again to make it smooth.
  3. Heat the oil for deep frying. Divide dough into equal sized small balls. Apply a little oil on the rolling surface and then roll poori. It should not be too thin or too thick.
  4. When the oil is hot, carefully drop poori into the oil. Very gentle pressure using back of slotted spatula fry them. It will help poori to puff up.
  5. Then flip it. Fry the other side until it is light golden brown. Using a slotted spatula take out the puffed poori draining the excess oil and place on the tissue paper.
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Beetroot Kala Chana Gravy

Dry Kala Chana is one of my favorite prasad during Navratri. It is made with black chickpea (kale channa) with few spices. I made kala chana with beetroot & sweet potatoes which makes this dish healthy and tasty. It goes well with hot pooris and halwa.

Delicious Parsad

Ingredients:
Kale Chane – 2 cups
Beetroot – 1
One small chopped sweet potato
Tomatoes – 3
Ginger – 1 inch
One green chilli
Oil – 4 tbsp

Spices:
Cumin – 1 tbsp
Carom seeds or ajwain – 1/2 tbsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tbsp
Coriander powder – 3 tbsp
Chana masala – 1 tbsp
Chaat masala – 1/2 tbsp
Himalayan pink salt to taste

Fresh coriander leaves

Method:

  1. Grind beetroot, tomatoes with ginger and green chilli until smooth. Keep it aside.
  2. Clean, wash and soak kala chana overnight. Next morning, drain water and pressure cook soaked kala chana with salt, with 3 cups of water on medium-high heat for 4-6 whistles.
  3. Once steam is out, take some boiled chana in a spoon and press them between fingers, if they mash up easily – they are cooked. Keep them aside.
  4. Now heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, lower the flame.
  5. Add tomato beetroot puree and add all spices (mentioned above) . Cook for 10 minutes on low heat.
  6. After 10 minutes add chopped sweet potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes till oil spreads.
  7. Now add boiled kala chana. Mash few chickpeas with potato masher and cook on low heat for 10 minutes (ucovered).
  8. Finally add fresh chopped coriander leaves and mix.
  9. Delicious kala chana gravy with beetroot is ready.

Tip :

Taste salt before adding in masala because boiled black chickpea also has salt in it.

Kala Channa

Beetroot Rava Halwa

This halwa is easy, delicious halwa made with minimal ingredients. Yummy and soft beetroot halwa with the magic of a steamed beetroot puree, rava and sugar is irresistible. This navratri try is halwa with a healthy twist.

Recipes with Beetroot

Ingredients:

Sooji or Semolina – 1 cup
Beetroot – 1 medium size
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Water – 1 cup
Ghee – 5 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Chopped pistachios & almonds – 1/2 cup

Method:

  1. Boil medium size beetroot in a pressure cooker and then peel the boiled beetroot. Cut boiled beetroot into small cubes and grind with 1/4 cup of water. Make a smooth puree. It yields 1 cup of beetroot puree.
  2. Heat 5 tbsp of ghee in a deep non-stick kadai and roast sooji till the color turns brown.
  3. Boil 1 cup of water in another pan and add boiled beetroot puree, a pinch of salt. Boil water until sugar dissolves completely.
  4. Mix it quickly in roasted sooji mixture and make sure there are no lumps.
  5. Cook for another minute on low flame, stirring continuously.
  6. Keep on stirring until the whole mixture starts thickening and starts to leave the edge of the kadai.
  7. Add remaining 1 tbsp of ghee and mix well. Cover it for 5 minutes and then serve.
  8. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve hot.

Tip:

Adjust sugar according to your taste.

Halwa

Beetroot Poori

Pooris are an important part of festive occasions. It is a traditional Indian fried bread that is delicious to enjoy with almost any main dish. It’s a simple unleavened bread made from just whole wheat flour, salt, and water. This time also add beetroot to make poori more delicious and healthy.

For Dough:
Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup
Beetroot puree– 1/2 cup
Rava – 1 tbsp
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Oil or ghee – 1 tbsp

Oil for deep frying

Method :

  1. Knead a dough with whole wheat flour, beetroot and a pinch of salt knead a dough and it should be smooth and tight.
  2. At last add ghee or oil and cover the dough and let it sit for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, apply little oil in your hand and again knead the dough once again to make it smooth.
  3. Heat the oil for deep frying. Divide dough into equal sized small balls. Apply a little oil on the rolling surface and then roll poori. It should not be too thin or too thick.
  4. When the oil is hot, carefully drop poori into the oil. Very gentle pressure using back of slotted spatula fry them. It will help poori to puff up.
  5. Then flip it. Fry the other side until it is light golden brown. Using a slotted spatula take out the puffed poori draining the excess oil and place on the tissue paper.
Poori

Janmashtami Sweet Dish | Sweet Saturday Surprise | Beetroot Carrot Halwa | Vegetable Dessert | Beetroot Carrot Pudding

Amazing combination of two vegetables – Beetroot and Carrot. Beetroot Carrot Halwa is a perfect dessert to be served after a perfect Sunday brunch. It is a colorful and tasty dessert with all of the goodness of both the vegetables. Made with grated beetroot simmered in milk, sugar, spiced with green cardamom, and finished with pistachios.

Janmashtami Sweet Dish

Indian festivals are incomplete without sweets. As now Janmashtami is close, so I thought sharing some sweets recipes. Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated all over India to mark the Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna. This year it will be celebrated on 11 th August. All temples will be decorated with lights and flowers and at midnight, Krishna Janm” will be celebrated in most temples and houses.

Sweet Saturday Surprise

Several sweet and savory items are prepared in each home for Janmashtami celebrations. Dhaniya ki panjiri, Sabudana khichdi, and Vrat Wale Aloo, and many more delicious recipes are made. Most Krishna devotees fast on Janmashtami and do only falahaar.

Beetroot Carrot Halwa

When it comes to beets, opinions are fiercely divided. Some people love them, and others will tell you that beets taste like dirt or like candy. But I love to add beetroots almost in everything – Cakes, Dips, Rava Halwa, Juice, even in dhoklas, jam, smoothie, in poha. Most commonly beetroot used in my home is in paratha. Recently I shared Beetroot Kadhi recipe, my son and husband loved it.

Beetroots are rich in nutrients that help to boost your immune system and can produce new blood cells. Whereas, Carrots Are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B8, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Most of the benefits of Carrots can be attributed to their beta-carotene and fiber content. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents. They are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Vegetable Dessert

Beetroot Carrot Halwa – Vegetable Dessert

This Halwa is a perfect sweet to be served hot after weekend brunch. Adding beets to carrot halwa not only gave beautiful color to halwa but also made it more delicious and healthy.

My Favorite Dessert

Ingredients :

Grated Beetroot – 1 cup ( 2 medium-sized beetroots)

Grated Carrot – 1 cup ( 3 medium-sized carrots )

Ghee – 1/4 cup + 2 tsp

Full fat milk – 1 liter

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Homemade Green Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp

Sliced pistachios – 1/4 cup

Himalayan pink salt a pinch

Healthy Vegetable Dessert

Method :

  1. Heat ghee in a non-stick deep pan and add grated carrot, beetroot. Saute on low flame for 5-8 minutes.
  2. Then add milk and cook on medium heat until the milk evaporates completely.
  3. Add sugar and simmer until it thickens. It takes about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Now add sliced pistachios and green cardamom powder with 1 tsp of ghee, a pinch of salt and mix them well.
  5. Serve hot.
Quick & Delicious Dessert

Tips :

  • You can use a pressure cooker as it is easy and faster to prepare or you can microwave for 10 minutes (covered).
  • Increase or decrease sugar according to your taste.
Festival Dessert

Bottle Gourd or Lauki Halwa | Vegetable Dessert | Halwa Recipe

Bottle gourd or Lauki Halwa is a vegetable dessert. It is a simple and delicious dessert recipe prepared from grated lauki, milk, sugar and fresh malai (cream). Roasted fennel seeds and cardamom give a refreshing flavor to the Halwa.

Vegetable Dessert

Bottle gourd contains less in calories with no fat. It also contains essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C Vitamin B, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Iron, Folate, Potassium, and Manganese.  It is one of the best things about summer. Have it as juice, in a sabzi or in soup, you will reap benefits galore from this water-rich vegetable.

Lauki Halwa

Lauki halwa is a sweet Indian dessert made with bottle gourd, milk, ghee, sugar and flavored with cardamom and nuts. This is a well known variant of halwa made with a vegetable – here in this case with Bottle Gourd which is also called as Lauki or Ghiya in Hindi and Dudhi in Marathi languages.

Ingredients :
Grated Lauki – 1 medium size
Milk – 3/4 cup
Fresh thick cream – 1/4 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Ghee – 3 tbsp
Roasted Fennel Powder – 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Chopped dry fruits – 1/4 cup
A pinch of salt
Soaked & sliced pistachios – 8

Method :

  1. Soak pistachios in 1/2 cup of water for 20 minutes. Then peel and slice them. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a nonstick deep kadhai and add grated lauki. Cook till all the water dries up on a low flame for 5-8 minutes.
  3. Then add milk and fresh milk cream bring the whole mixture to a boil and then lower the flame.
  4. Cook the mixture on a low flame and keep on stirring in between. When the milk reduced to 75% then add sugar and mix it well.
  5. Stir continuously and cook until almost moisture is evaporated until mixture turns thick. It takes 5-6 minutes.
  6. Then finally add cardamom powder, roasted fennel powder, salt, and mix well.
  7. Garnish with sliced pistachios and its ready to serve.
Yummy Dessert

Dry Kale Channa with Sweet Potatoes – Navratri Special

Dry Kale Channa is one of my favorite prasad during Navratri. It is made with black chickpea (kale channa) with few spices. I made kale channa with sweet potatoes which makes this dish healthy and tasty. It goes well with hot pooris and halwa.

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Kale Channa With Sweet Potatoes

Dry Kale Channa with Sweet Potatoes – Navratri Special

Ingredients:
Kale Channa – 2 cups
Sweet Potatoes – 1 cup ( 2 medium sizes)
Mustard Oil – 2 tbsp

Spices:
Cumin – 1 tbsp
Red chili powder – 1 tbsp
Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Amchur powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Whole Garam Masalas:
Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
Clove – 3
Black cardamom – 1
Black pepper – 3

Few Chopped Fresh Coriander leaves

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Dry Kale Channa With Sweet Potatoes

Method:

  1. Clean, wash and soak kale chana overnight.
  2.  Next morning, drain water and pressure cook soaked kale channa with salt, whole garam masalas with 2 cups of water on medium-high heat for 4-6 whistles.
  3. Once steam is out, take some boiled channa in a spoon and press them between fingers, if they mash up easily – they are cooked. Keep them aside.
  4. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into cubes. Boil 1 cup of water in a pan and add sweet potato cubes and cook for 8 minutes on high flame. After 8 minutes strain sweet potato and keep them aside. (Do not overcook the potatoes)
  5. Now heat mustard oil in a kadai. When the oil is hot, lower the flame.
  6. Add cumin and allow to crackle then add boiled sweet potatoes. Fry them until little golden brown.
  7. Then add all spices and saute for a minute on low flame.
  8. Now add boiled kale channa (discard the whole garam spices) with 1/2 cup of water (same water in which kale channa is boiled).
  9. Cook on high flame for 4-8 minutes stirring continuously. When all water dries up switch off the flame.
  10. Garnish with Fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.

 

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Navaratri Parsad

Milk Rava Halwa – Navrate Special

Navaratri, also spelled Navratri or Navarathri, is a nine nights Hindu festival, celebrated in the autumn every year. Thus, this is a nine-day or nine-night Hindu festival which is celebrated in the honor of the divine goddess Devi Durga. This Navaratri celebration happens two times a year. It’s because there are two Navaratris in a year. First, is Chaitra Navaratri which is celebrated in March or April and the second is Sharad Navaratri which is celebrated in October.

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Yummy Halwa

To celebrate Ashtami or Navami that is the eighth/ninth day of Navratri, Sooji or Rava halwa is prepared along with Kala Chana (Black chickpeas) and puri as prasad.

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Navratri Parsad

I already shared Atta Sooji Halwa, Sooji Gur Ka Halwa, but this Milk Rava Halwa is totally different. In this Rava or Sooji is soaked in a milk for 30 minutes and then it is sauteed in ghee. This halwa is rich in taste, almost like a milkcake. Do try this Halwa…

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Milk Rava Halwa

Milk Rava Halwa – Navratri Special

Ingredients:
Rava – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 cup
Ghee – 1/2 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Water – 3 cups
Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
Mix chopped dry fruits – 1/4 cup
A pinch of Salt

Method:

  1. In a bowl mix milk and Rava. Keep it aside or 30 minutes.
  2. Take water, sugar, and cardamom powder in a saucepan. Boil until sugar dissolves completely.
  3. Add ghee in a deep non-stick kadai and allow it to melt completely on medium-low flame.
  4. Now switch off the flame. Add milk soaked Rava and mix well with melted ghee.
  5. Turn on the flame and roast Rava on medium-low heat until brown color.
  6. Now add prepared sugar syrup into roasted Rava and keep stirring till all the water gets absorbed.
  7. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and dry fruits. Serve hot.

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Rava Halwa

Tips:

  1. Use heavy-based non-stick pan.
  2. Don’t add soaked rava into hot ghee. Otherwise, rava turned into stones.

 

Sooji Gur Ka Halwa (Semolina Jaggery Pudding) – Healthy Dessert – No Sugar Dessert

Sooji Gur Ka Halwa is a delicious sweet dish made with ghee, sooji or semolina, jaggery flavored with fennel seeds and lots of dry fruits. It is a traditional North Indian dish, it is mostly prepared during Winters, as jaggery and ghee lend warmth to the body.

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Healthy Winter Dessert

By adding jaggery this dessert becomes more nutritious and healthier. The benefits of jaggery include its ability to cleanse your body, sweeten your food in a healthy manner, and provide good amounts of minerals. I already shared Whole Wheat Halwa With Jaggery – Wholesome Dessert and Atta Sooji Halwa (Semolina Whole Wheat Flour Pudding) recipes on my blog.

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Sooji Gur Ka Halwa (Semolina Jaggery Pudding) – Healthy Dessert

Ingredients:
Sooji or Semolina – 1 cup
Grated Jaggery – 3/4 cup
Water – 2 cups
Ghee – 5 tbsp + 1 tbsp + 1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of salt
Chopped dry fruits – 1/2 cup

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Sooji Gur Halwa

Method :

  1. Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a deep non-stick kadai. Roast all chopped dry for a minute and keep them aside.
  2. Heat 5 tbsp of ghee in a deep non-stick kadai and roast sooji till the color turns brown.
  3. Boil water in another pan and add jaggery, a pinch of salt. Boil water until jaggery dissolves completely.
  4. Sieve the boiled jaggery water and add in the roasted sooji. Mix it quickly and make sure there are no lumps.
  5. Cook for another minute on low flame, stirring continuously.
  6. Keep on stirring until the whole mixture starts thickening and starts to leave the edge of the kadai.
  7. Add fennel seeds, cardamom powder, remaining 1 tbsp of ghee and mix well.
  8. Garnish with chopped dry fruits and serve hot.

 

Whole Wheat Halwa With Jaggery – Wholesome Dessert

Whole Wheat Halwa With Jaggery – Wholesome Dessert

This yummy dessert is made with whole wheat flour and jaggery or gur. Jaggery is loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium, which in turn help prevent free-radical damage and also boost resistance against infections. It also helps increase the total count of hemoglobin in the blood. You can add white sugar or brown sugar too.

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Jaggery or Gur

Whole Wheat Halwa With Jaggery – Wholesome Dessert

Ingredients :
Whole Wheat Flour  – 3/4 cup
Powder Jaggery – 3/4 cup
Water – 1 & 1/2 cup
Ghee – 5 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Roasted Fennel Powder – 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of salt
Sliced almonds for Pistachios

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Whole Wheat Dessert

Method :

  1. Heat 5 tbsp of ghee in a deep non-stick kadai and roast whole wheat flour till the color turns dark.
  2. Boil water in another pan and add jaggery with a pinch of salt. Boil water until jaggery dissolves completely.
  3. Sieve the boiled jaggery water and add in the roasted wheat flour. Mix it quickly and make sure there are no lumps.
  4. Cook for another minute on low flame, stirring continuously.
  5. Keep on stirring until the whole mixture starts thickening and starts to leave the edge of the kadai.
  6. Add roasted fennel powder, cardamom powder, remaining 1 tbsp of ghee and mix well.
  7. Garnish with sliced pistachios and serve hot.

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No Sugar

Tips:
Adjust Jaggery according to your taste.